A man denied a same-sex marriage license by Kim Davis is now running as her opponent.

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Kim Davis denied this man a marriage license—now he’s running as her opponent

'I am running to restore the people's confidence in our clerk's office.'


Kris Seavers


Posted on Dec 6, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:48 am CDT

One of the men who was denied a marriage license by Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis will run against her in 2018.

David Ermold, an assistant English professor at the University of Pikeville, announced his plan Wednesday to run for Rowan county clerk in the Democratic primary—and then headed to Davis’s office to file his paperwork, WKYT reported.

“I want to do it the right way,” Ermold said. “Sometimes passion gets the better of you, and that’s OK. Sometimes you have to fight for your rights, and you have to be an activist. But sometimes you have to be a professional as well and step in when you know you are needed.”

His partner of 15 years, David Moore, will act as the campaign treasurer.


Davis went to jail for five days in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis cited religious opposition, telling Ermold and Moore that she would not be issuing them a license “under God’s authority.”

A Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in June of that year.

Davis, who was elected county clerk as a Democrat in 2014, announced her plans to run for re-election as a Republican in November.


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*First Published: Dec 6, 2017, 5:58 pm CST